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Luke & Mike

Hi! We are Luke and Mike, a married couple living in Chicago, IL with our 1-year-old dog Mojo. We are so excited to grow our family through adoption and bring a little one into our home. We were both fortunate to be surrounded by a loving, caring family and have built a home and family that we're hoping to share and expand. Thank you for viewing our profile, for considering us. We're looking forward to this journey.

About Us

Marketing Director
Senior Principal, Experience Design
Bachelor's Degree in Business, Marketing, Public/Non-Profit Management
Master's Degree in Digital Communications and Media Arts
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

A Weekend Away With Friends

We appreciate spending time together and with family/friends in our leisure time, but also our time to spend time doing a hobby that's solely for us.

For example: we spend weekends throughout the year going away or visiting friends and family. Some of our favorite weekends in the summer are going to a cabin by a lake with our Wisconsin family, where we swim, go on boat or jet ski rides, tube or ski or paddleboard. Spending time outside and growing up as a family, at the campfire at night roasting s'mores and listening to music is a favorite pastime that we cannot wait to share with a child.

We also love spending time as an immediate family: going on bike rides to parks (especially with our dog in his own doggy backpack), exercising together, going on walks, meeting friends and family for meals in different parts of the city. We play video games together, board games, cook and listen to music together.

We also love to spend time together, but "do our own thing": Mike loves comic books, anime and video games. Luke loves to read, to play sports and spend time with his little brother through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. We can't wait to encourage our child to spend time doing the things they are passionate about. We will learn about and participate in their passions, but will also make sure they have space to do what they love to do, whether it be with other people or on their own.

Our Family Traditions

At the Farm With Our Nephew

Luke comes from a big extended family, so we have some annual traditions we love to participate in throughout the year:

  • An annual long weekend at a summer camp with the whole extended family (nearly 100 grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins)
  • A bowling tournament on the Friday after Thanksgiving every year
  • Cookie-making party in December before Christmas
  • Trips to a farmhouse that we have in the family, where we ride on go-karts, go on hikes, sit by the campfire and play games
  • Board games. Lots and lots of board games as a family
  • Mike's family has so many traditions that we love to participate in and continue to build:

  • Golf as a family in the summer and fall
  • Christmas gift exchange with the cousins
  • Weekends away and visits to Chicago from aunts, grandma and cousins who live in Metro Detroit
  • We've built and will continue to build traditions for our immediate family (Mike and Luke and Mojo), too:

  • Saturday walks to the park (for now, the dog park!)
  • Sunday music and cooking brunch at home
  • Friday pizza night
  • Long bike rides to the park or the beach, where hang out with a book or play a game
  • Game nights with friends! Cribbage, board games, role playing games and fun party games
  • Cultural Diversity

    Cultural diversity is important to us: everyone has a heritage and a history that should be explored, celebrated and put on display. And we believe that our family – and its potential mix of heritage and backgrounds – will celebrate this.

    We won't shy away from acknowledging our differences, yet will also talk about what makes us alike as people and as a family and what makes us unique as people. If our family were to bring in a child of a different race or heritage, we'd work very hard to educate ourselves, would be sure that our community and the activities that we do reflect back the race of our child and never shy away from celebrating who they are and where they come from. We would not act like we can relate to every experience that the child's race will mean for them … but we will always, always learn and acknowledge what and how our child is feeling.


    Family Farm Dress Up Day
    Family Farm Dress Up Day
    Cookie Making
    Cookie Making
    Fun With Uncle Mike
    Fun With Uncle Mike
    Luke at Machu Picchu
    Luke at Machu Picchu
    At a Wedding
    At a Wedding
    Luke & Mojo on a City Adventure
    Luke & Mojo on a City Adventure
    Playing Cards With Family
    Playing Cards With Family
    On Vacation
    On Vacation
    Fun at Disney World
    Fun at Disney World
    Vacation in Mexico
    Vacation in Mexico
    Packer Game With Family
    Packer Game With Family
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    Family Farm Dress Up Day
    Family Farm Dress Up Day
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    Cookie Making
    Cookie Making
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    Fun With Uncle Mike
    Fun With Uncle Mike
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    Luke at Machu Picchu
    Luke at Machu Picchu
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    At a Wedding
    At a Wedding
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    Luke & Mojo on a City Adventure
    Luke & Mojo on a City Adventure
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    Playing Cards With Family
    Playing Cards With Family
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    On Vacation
    On Vacation
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    Fun at Disney World
    Fun at Disney World
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    Vacation in Mexico
    Vacation in Mexico
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    Packer Game With Family
    Packer Game With Family

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We live in a standalone building in a 3-floor townhouse in a quiet neighborhood in Chicago. Our house is on a side street, bordering a high school soccer field, a park and right in between two Chicago blocks that have restaurants, a public library, a community center with a park and an indoor pool, coffee shops, and lots of fun activities for families.

    Outdoor Space

    We share our building with two other families, both of whom have children (13, 9, 7 and 3). Our favorite thing about our house is that instead of cars in the garage we share with the other families, it's filled with kids' bikes. The kids love to play together and run between the three homes in our building! We love to spend time in the kitchen, cooking together and catching up on our days. We love to spend time in our family room, where we play games, read, watch movies and spend time together at night and on the weekends.

    Our neighborhood has a lot to offer: schools and day cares in the area, family-friendly block parties and street festivals in the summer months, 3 parks that are in walking distance and we love to go to already with our puppy, Mojo, and friendly neighbors that look out for each other.

    Our neighborhood is very bike-friendly. We love to bike and there are lots of bike-only lanes and residential streets where we can learn to bike together and travel, as a family, to the parks and awesome place we can enjoy when the weather is nice.

    Our Extended Families

    Christmas With Family

    We are lucky to have three family communities that we spend time with and rely on for love and support: our Wisconsin family: Luke's parents, siblings and their spouses and our three nephews, ages 9, 7 and 5. We love to visit them, play board games and play outside, spend long weekends at lakehouses or at our parent's house for holidays. They visit us in Chicago, where we explore the city.

    With Our Nephews

    Our family in Metro Detroit, Mike's side; made up of cousins, aunts and uncles and grandparents that we are very close to. Mike's side is the dog side: we get to let our puppy, Mojo, play with the other dogs in the family: Zeus, Shelby, Blossom, Elsa and Auggie. We love to play cards, play golf or try a new outdoor activity with the cousins. They come to visit us in Chicago, as well!

    Our final family is the community we've built in Chicago: friends, former coworkers turned friends, neighbors and those who we spend time with. We love to host dinners and get-togethers, bike around the city, go to concerts and music festivals, try all of the street food festivals in Chicago in the summer and spend time together.

    We cannot wait to bring a child into our families and all of our traditions: they'll get to play and grow up with our nephews and future nieces/nephews, learn all of our family traditions and card games, get tons of love and support from their aunts and uncles and grandparents and explore Chicago, explore our extended family's homes and neighborhoods and grow up with a big, supportive family.

    From Us to You

    First - thank you for considering us. We hope that the information we provided in our profile and in our video helped you get to know us a bit better; who we are as a family, why we're excited to grow our family through adoption and the type of home we'd provide to your child if you do choose us.

    Since our first date 7 years ago, we knew that we both wanted to create a life that was filled with love, with joy and with full hearts. And every day leading up to getting married 3 years ago and every day since, we work hard to be loving, supportive and joyful together.

    Adoption - and growing our family - is important to us because we have a lot of love to give to a child and nothing feels more fulfilling to us than to be able to be there for our kid to help them grow, to help them experience joy and happiness and learning and to be there for them in the hard times and to watch them triumph and to be proud of who they grow up to be.

    We know that this journey isn't always easy, and that raising children isn't just about the good times. As a gay couple, we know firsthand how important and powerful it is to choose the people you have in your life and to choose, every day, to try to be happy and fulfilled.

    And for us, being chosen by you would be the biggest honor that we would work to live up to every single day. We'll make mistakes. We won't be sure what to do sometimes. But we'd promise to have nothing but love, care and devotion to creating the best home we can and honor you and your child by trying to do what's right and always leading with our full hearts.

    We've known that we want to be adoptive parents for a very long time. And our extended family - the aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents - are all filled with love that they cannot wait to pour onto the child that joins our family. If you were to choose us, we'd want you to know that there would be an entire community that would be surrounding your child with unconditional love and support for them each and every day.

    We can't wait to introduce them to the things we love in life - like our family, playing games, our love for reading and for books and for playing sports and trying new things - and to make sure that they get to experience the things we loved about growing up: our family traditions like going bowling the day after Thanksgiving or learning to ski and swim with their grandparents and their cousins. And we can't wait to help them discover what they love and nurture it and learn about it and get as excited about their passions as they are.

    We promise to always listen and encourage passion and curiosity and laughter. We promise to make sure that the values of kindness and honesty and creativity are a big part of their life. We promise to wipe away tears, to put band-aids on skinned knees, to listen and learn and love their personalities and the things they discover about life. And we promise to challenge them to be the kind and great person that we know they can be.

    We'll want to hear from you about what you want and hope for them. We'll want to know what you picture for them in life and how you'd like to be involved. Or what you'd like us to share with them and tell them about their background and their heritage and their full family. And we'll honor your wishes and make sure that, no matter what, they know exactly how much they are loved by everyone in their life, including you. We'll commit to sharing pictures and letters and make sure that we maintain the relationship that you'd like to have. And that we help them understand how important their full family is.

    Thank you for considering us. Thank you for opening your heart in this way. We hope that, from what you learned about us, you see how much love and support we'd provide to your child if you choose us.

    Luke & Mike


    Idris Alba
    Pedro Pascal
    Jessica Chastain
    Julia Roberts
    Stephen King
    John Connely
    The Stand by Stephen King
    Book of Lost Things, by John Connely
    Candy Bar
    Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
    Scooby Doo, Where Are You? was my favorite growing up!
    Sailor Moon
    Childhood Memory
    Summers at the lake, on the tire swing jumping into the water!
    Watching Saturday morning cartoons "One Saturday Mornings" with my two younger cousins when I would spend the weekend at my Aunt Kathy's house.
    Childhood Toy
    Legos were my favorite toys growing up!
    Children's Book
    "The Amazing Bone", but specifically when read aloud by my Grandma Irene
    I had a book about dragons that I really loved.
    Classic Movie
    Bye Bye Birdie (a musical from the '60s or '70s)
    Halloween (1979)
    Currently black but historically green
    Day of Week
    Ice Cream
    Espresso martini. Or cheesecake.
    Disney Movie
    Robin Hood
    The Little Mermaid
    Dream Car
    Convertible! I don't really care about cars ... so mostly want a convertible because we live in a cold state, so windows-down weather in the summer is the best weather.
    Not a car person but we are looking at a mid-size SUV for our next one.
    Dream Job
    Author / Writer or History Teacher
    Working at Nintendo or Pokemon
    Dream Vacation
    Hiking and Exploring a New Part of the World, with a few days on the beach at the end to read and spend time with family/friends
    We never got to go to Greece for our honeymoon because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Would still like to take that trip.
    Family Activity
    Playing cards! All card games / board games are fun
    Playing a game together on Switch, playing cards, or long bike rides throughout the city.
    Flower / Plant
    Any desert plants. Mike is the plant guy. :)
    Breakfast food: eggs, bacon, pancakes
    I really love quesadillas
    Form of Exercise
    Playing soccer, riding my bike or going for a run.
    Lifting and yoga, but have recently gotten into cycling.
    Kiwi or Plums
    I actually have a food sensitivity to most fruit.
    Cribbage (a very Midwestern card game) and Monopoly (a fun, but long, strategy board game)
    Bike Riding
    Drawing or writing
    Holiday Song
    We Wish You a Merry Christmas by the Muppets
    This is Halloween (The Nightmare Before Christmas) or Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Meet Me in St Louis)
    Holiday Tradition
    Gift exchange with our extended family
    Watching Halloween (1979) or Muppets Christmas Carol
    Ice Cream
    Peanut Butter Chip
    Chocolate, peanut butter, or brownie mix
    Junk Food
    Chips. Specifically, Cheeto's
    Peanut butter cookies
    Leisure Activity
    Listening to music by a pool or lake
    Time Magazine or People Magazine
    Memory with a Child
    Playing checkers with our nephews.
    I have a strong memory of dancing around the house with my younger sibling when they were 2 or 3 years old to a 3rd Eye Blind song. Love that memory.
    Memory with Spouse
    Vacations together, road trips to see family and friends. Playing with our dog in the park!
    Our vacations in Mexcio together.
    Top Gun
    I really love Resident Evil (2002).
    Movie Munchie
    Buncha crunch
    Movie Quote
    "I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay" - The Hobbit
    "Everybody Loves A Hero. People Line Up For Them, Cheer Them, Scream Their Names, And Years Later, They'll Tell How They Stood In The Rain For Hours Just To Get A Glimpse Of The One Who Taught Them To Hold On A Second Longer." â?? Rosemary Harris as May
    Movie Type
    Sci-Fi / Fantasy movies
    Horror, followed by action.
    Bye Bye Birdie
    Billy Elliot, followed by Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.
    Musical Group
    Fleetwood Mac
    The Killers.
    Nursery Rhyme
    Hickory Dickory Doc
    I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always,As long as I'm livingmy baby you'll be.'
    Olympic Event
    Personal Hero
    My parents
    Stan Lee
    How about a musical. :) The Book of Mormon
    Noises Off
    Henry David Thoreau
    Quality about my Spouse
    His passion for his hobbies / interests
    His genuinity, sincerity, and earnestness.
    "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." - MLK Jr.
    "A part of me will always be with you" Jean Grey at the end of the Dark Phoenix Saga, Uncanny X-Men
    Wendy's for fast food. A local BBQ in Chicago called Smoke Daddy.
    A National Coney Island in Metro-Detroit.
    Philippians 2:4 "Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others."
    John 3:16
    Shopping Store
    Hold On - Alabama Shakes
    Shake It Out - Florence & the Machine
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    Lionel Messi
    Beyonce at the Super Bowl.
    Sports Team
    Green Bay Packers
    Beyonce with Kelly and Michelle, at the Super Bowl.
    Subject in School
    AP English, art, then band.
    Thing to Cook
    Breakfast for a group! Family or friends
    Turkey meatloaf
    Time of Day
    4 PM
    Putting streamers on a family member's doorframe of their bedroom on the night before their birthday. So they wake up and immediately see celebration!
    Our dog, Mojo, comes in to our bed every morning for his morning pets and that's how I start each day.
    TV Show
    The West Wing
    Stranger Things
    TV Show Character
    Linda on Bobs Burgers
    Joyce (Winona Ryder) from Stranger Things.
    Type of Music
    Pop Music
    Vacation Spot
    Cabins on the lake in Wisconsin with our family every summer
    Video Game
    Super Mario World. And the Sims on the computer.
    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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